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{{newsitem|Typhoon Hits China| 7 Oct| A typhoon slammed into southeastern China with powerful winds and heavy rains that cut power, canceled flights and suspended train services. More than half a million people had been evacuated and fishing boats were called back to shore while authorities issued a red alert — the highest warning — as the typhoon approached. The provincial flood relief agency in [[Zhejiang]], which neighbors [[Fujian]], said 574,000 people had been evacuated evening and 35,800 vessels returned to shore. Fujian's government said 177,000 people had been moved to safety and nearly 30,000 fishing boats called back. The typhoon cut power in towns and counties in Zhejiang province while high-speed rail services in the region were suspended. At least 27 flights out of [[Wenzhou]] airport in Zhejiang were canceled on the 8 Oct., according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Elsewhere in Asia, a typhoon east of the northern Philippines blew away with no impact on the country.[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/07/typhoon-fitow-china_n_4055531.html] }}
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{{newsitem|Egypt Hit by Three Brazen Attacks | 7 Oct| Deadly violence against the government broke out around Egypt as health officials raised to 53 the number said to have been killed the day before in clashes between supporters and opponents of the military takeover that ousted President Mohamed Morsi three months ago. Unidentified gunmen in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia killed six soldiers, in a drive-by shooting, while a car bomb at the security headquarters in the southern [[Sinai]] town of El-Tor killed two police officers and injured nearly 50 other people, state media reported. In [[Cairo]], assailants fired at least one rocket-propelled grenade through a satellite dish used to transmit Egyptian state television. Coming in the aftermath of the previous day’s clashes, the attacks were among the strongest indications yet that the new government appointed on July 3 by Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi had not yet secured full control of the streets. [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/world/middleeast/egypt-violence.html] }}
 
{{newsitem|U.S. Government shutdown: Attention, travelers!| 1 Oct| Congress, wrangling over spending and Obamacare, failed to renew government funds in time for the start of the new fiscal year on 31st Sept, and many travelers -- both domestic and international visitors -- will quickly start feeling the impact of the shutdown.U.S. While rail networks, essential air security and traffic control operations won't be impeded, travelers visiting the country's national parks and other government-run tourist attractions will find the gates shuttered and the doors locked. All 401 National Park Service sites, which collectively average about 715,000 visitors per day in October, will be closed, according to a park service spokeswoman. (Guests staying in campgrounds and on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.) The Smithsonian's 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo will also turn visitors away. Essential air traffic and security measures will be maintained. Passports and visas should continue to be processed. Some passport approvals could be impacted if offices are located in certain offices [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/travel/shutdown-travel-national-parks/]}}
 
{{newsitem|U.S. Government shutdown: Attention, travelers!| 1 Oct| Congress, wrangling over spending and Obamacare, failed to renew government funds in time for the start of the new fiscal year on 31st Sept, and many travelers -- both domestic and international visitors -- will quickly start feeling the impact of the shutdown.U.S. While rail networks, essential air security and traffic control operations won't be impeded, travelers visiting the country's national parks and other government-run tourist attractions will find the gates shuttered and the doors locked. All 401 National Park Service sites, which collectively average about 715,000 visitors per day in October, will be closed, according to a park service spokeswoman. (Guests staying in campgrounds and on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.) The Smithsonian's 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo will also turn visitors away. Essential air traffic and security measures will be maintained. Passports and visas should continue to be processed. Some passport approvals could be impacted if offices are located in certain offices [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/travel/shutdown-travel-national-parks/]}}
 
{{newsitem|Dozens Killed in Earthquake in Pakistan | 24 Sept| A Pakistan earthquake has killed dozens of people. The quake was reported as a 7.7 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll is continuously increasing and at least 46 have died in Awaran in [[Balochistan]] province. There is a possibility that many more are trapped in the rubble. A rescue emergency was declared by the province and doctors are on standby at hospitals while officials are on high alert. More than 200 troops have been sent to the area to help out, including rescue and medical teams. The earthquake hit in a remote area at a depth of about nine miles. It struck 43 miles northeast of Awaran and 72 miles northwest of Bela according to the U.S. Geological Survey. According to local police official Mozzam Jah, the quake was so strong that it caused a 30 fot 40 foot high mass to emerge from the ocean like a small mountain island off the coast of Gwadar. Many have gathered to view the new island. Pakistan has had a lot of seismic activity in recent years. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 35 people in Pakistan last April and in January 2011, a 7.2 magnitude quake damaged 200 mud homes in Baluchistan. [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/7431/20130924/pakistan-earthquake-dozens-killed-new-island-formed-coast.htm] }}
 
{{newsitem|Dozens Killed in Earthquake in Pakistan | 24 Sept| A Pakistan earthquake has killed dozens of people. The quake was reported as a 7.7 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll is continuously increasing and at least 46 have died in Awaran in [[Balochistan]] province. There is a possibility that many more are trapped in the rubble. A rescue emergency was declared by the province and doctors are on standby at hospitals while officials are on high alert. More than 200 troops have been sent to the area to help out, including rescue and medical teams. The earthquake hit in a remote area at a depth of about nine miles. It struck 43 miles northeast of Awaran and 72 miles northwest of Bela according to the U.S. Geological Survey. According to local police official Mozzam Jah, the quake was so strong that it caused a 30 fot 40 foot high mass to emerge from the ocean like a small mountain island off the coast of Gwadar. Many have gathered to view the new island. Pakistan has had a lot of seismic activity in recent years. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 35 people in Pakistan last April and in January 2011, a 7.2 magnitude quake damaged 200 mud homes in Baluchistan. [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/7431/20130924/pakistan-earthquake-dozens-killed-new-island-formed-coast.htm] }}
 
{{newsitem|Nairobi attack: Kenya's President says siege over | 24 Sept| Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the end of a bloody four-day siege by Islamist militants at Nairobi's Westgate shopping center. Five attackers were shot dead by troops and 11 suspects were in custody, he said in a TV address to the nation. Kenya has "shamed and defeated our attackers" but the "losses are immense", he said, confirming that 61 civilians and six soldiers had died. Three days of national mourning have been declared, starting on 25 Sept. Some 175 people were injured in the attack; 62 people remain in hospital and many others are being treated for shock and are undergoing counseling. Somali Islamist group al-Shabab said it had carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenyan army operations in Somalia. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24225319]}}
 
{{newsitem|Nairobi attack: Kenya's President says siege over | 24 Sept| Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the end of a bloody four-day siege by Islamist militants at Nairobi's Westgate shopping center. Five attackers were shot dead by troops and 11 suspects were in custody, he said in a TV address to the nation. Kenya has "shamed and defeated our attackers" but the "losses are immense", he said, confirming that 61 civilians and six soldiers had died. Three days of national mourning have been declared, starting on 25 Sept. Some 175 people were injured in the attack; 62 people remain in hospital and many others are being treated for shock and are undergoing counseling. Somali Islamist group al-Shabab said it had carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenyan army operations in Somalia. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24225319]}}
 
{{newsitem|Syria crisis: 'Deadly blast' hits capital Damascus | 24 Sept| Several people have been killed and wounded in an explosion in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian state TV reports. The state new agency Sana said a "terrorist bombing" attack had taken place in the Tadamon district in the south of the capital. Tadamon has been a battleground between rebel forces and the army for months. The UK-based activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says a car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 15, some of them critically. More than 100,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the UN, and millions have fled the country or been made homeless. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24227704] }}
 
{{newsitem|Syria crisis: 'Deadly blast' hits capital Damascus | 24 Sept| Several people have been killed and wounded in an explosion in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian state TV reports. The state new agency Sana said a "terrorist bombing" attack had taken place in the Tadamon district in the south of the capital. Tadamon has been a battleground between rebel forces and the army for months. The UK-based activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says a car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 15, some of them critically. More than 100,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the UN, and millions have fled the country or been made homeless. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24227704] }}
{{newsitem|Bangladesh workers clash with police| 24 Sept| Thousands of apparel workers clashed with police in Bangladesh, demanding higher pay on 23 Sept, police and officials said. The workers are demanding a minimum monthly pay of $104 revising the present $38 a month. Police said violence mostly erupted in Gazipur and [[Savar]], on the outskirts of capital [[Dhaka]], where there are hundreds of apparel factories producing clothes for leading global brands from Europe and America. The workers fought pitched battles with police and set fire to vehicles and part of some apparel factories in Gazipur, forcing the owners to shut down all factories in Gazipur district and its adjoining areas. Several thousand workers also took to the streets in capital Dhaka, but they were dispersed by police and did not appear to commit any violence. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/world/bangladesh-garment-workers-clashes/index.html]}}
 
{{newsitem|Landslides kill at least 19 in northern Philippines| 24 Sept| Heavy monsoon rains have left at least 19 people dead, most of them children, in the northern Philippines, state media reported. Four other people are still reported to be missing, and many towns are flooded. Most of the people were killed by landslides set off by the rain in the province of [[Zambales]] on Luzon, the largest island in the archipelagic nation, the government-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) said, citing the regional disaster management council. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/24/world/asia/philippines-landslides/index.html]}}
 
{{newsitem|Venice protesters dive into canal to block cruise ships| 24 Sept| Protesters have leapt into Venice's Giudecca canal to delay a procession of cruise ships, which they say are threatening the city's foundations as they tower over rooftops and drown the city in tourism. Around 50 protesters dressed in wetsuits, backed by 1000 supporters, managed to hold up the cruise ships by more than an hour as they paddled in the canal - some using buoyancy rings. The protest was timed to coincide with a busy day on the canal, as a scheduling quirk meant 12 cruise ships were due to head past St Mark's Square - well above the daily average of two ships. "The demonstration was a great success and we now hope the government will take advantage of this momentum and kick the cruise ships out of the Venice lagoon," said Silvio Testa, a spokesman for the protesters. [http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/venice-protesters-dive-into-canal-to-block-cruise-ships-20130924-2ub86.html]}}
 
 
 
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